• Recording Project

      • Manchester University regularly offers grant funds for faculty-student
        Haley Photo
        Haley (student assistant and recording engineer) with Grim the cat.

        research and creative projects. This summer, I am working with Haley Neilson (pictured here) to record several of my compositions and make them publisher-ready.  Haley is a Junior Music Theory and Composition Major who is hitting the ground running after spending last semester in Barcelona. She is recording engineer for this massive endeavor, and doing a wonderful job!  Soon, I will post some of our work. We have 35 very talented musicians scheduled to record 18 compositions this summer.  We just finished our 2nd successful recording session in as many weeks, w/6 choral works “in the can.” Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project by selecting the “Summer 2017 Recording Project” category from the blog post menu above.

 

  • Compositions in Progress

    • “Your John Keats” — a song cycle for baritone with piano.  Lyrics derived from love letters by Romantic English poet, John Keats to Fanny Brawne just prior to his death from influenza.  Five movements have been completed: “Ask Yourself, My Love,” “Ah, Herté Mine,” “Credo,” “Impossibilities,” and ” A Frog in a Frost.”  Full set of lyrics is here: Your John Keats — lyrics
  • Upcoming Performances

    • October 14, 2017 — Daniel Belcher, Grammy-winning baritone and Judy Sadler Marlett, mezzo-soprano will perform a joint guest recital on our campus at 7:30 p.m. in Wine Recital Hall.  Each will perform one of my song cycles: Danny will premiere the completed “Your John Keats,” and Judy will perform “Three Days.” Pam Haynes is collaborative pianist for the recital.
    • October 16, 2017 — The Manchester Symphony Orchestra will perform my oratorio “A Family Portrait.” Danny and Judy will be our guest soloists.  Choirs from three area high schools will join the Manchester Symphony Chorus and MU’s A Cappella Choir to create a marvelous collaboration.  I am busily working on getting parts ready for the choirs and orchestra.  A project like this requires hours of detailed editing work.  For a description of this unique composition, see my program notes here: Family Portrait program notes
  • Compositions Recently Completed

    • Just finished! — “Manchester Sonata” — for clarinet and piano.  This three-movement work offers an aural image of Manchester University during its 3 most active seasons of the year: Autumn, Winter, and Spring.  It is dedicated to Lila Hammer, clarinetist and recently retired campus registrar. Movement titles are: I. Autumn on the Mall, II. Carillon Gelés (Frozen Chimes), and III. Vade et gaudium (Go with Joy).